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WHO: Ray Davies

WHEN: Doors open at 7 p.m.; show at 8:45 p.m. Monday

WHERE: The Tralf, 622 Main St.

ADMISSION: $30 advance; $34 day of the show (Ticketmaster, Tralf box office)

INFO: 851-8725

There's something so appealing about breaking down a song to its very soul. Some spoken words detailing its intimate details, a performance using only a voice and a guitar. Simple, eloquent, touching.

When Ray Davies comes to the Tralf on Monday, the revered British musician and songwriter will treat fans to such a presentation. The man who continues to influence bands today and is represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Kinks will show his extraordinary body of work by sharing the stories that link the songs to his life.

The tales are sure to involve "the front room," the space in his family home where, he says, "all the important things happened." It's where, he writes in his book, "X-Ray," he was working on a new song when he called his brother Dave in from eating dinner one day. "As I taught Dave the song, some of our sisters came in to listen. Mum hovered by the door, half afraid that the neighbors would call the police again. When we got through the song for the first time, our small audience applauded." That was the birth of "You Really Got Me."

Hear more stories like this Monday evening in the Tralf. Be seated early. There is no opener. Davies, who will be joined on stage by Mr. Name to Come, begins the show at 8:45 p.m.

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